"That's exactly what they need to do this spring," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.
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It was a good start for two guys who have been in the Opening Day lineup in the past, but this spring, they find themselves having to earn a spot.
"I thought I had a good approach at the plate," DeShields said. "I'm seeing the ball well, patient like I have been in the past … got on base twice. Good things happen when I get on base. I need to keep that approach."
DeShields was the Rangers' Opening Day center fielder last season, but he was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on May 13 after hitting .217 with a .294 on-base percentage in 30 games. He returned in July but was a reserve outfielder the rest of the season.
"These guys know what I can do," DeShields said. "Last year, I came in unprepared in body and mind and got off to a slow start. I've put in a lot of work this offseason."
The job that appears open is left field. Rua was the Rangers' Opening Day left fielder in 2015, but he suffered a fractured right heel in the fifth game and never regained his spot.
"It's unfortunate it happened, but I'm still lucky to be able to battle for a position," Rua said. "I have a chance to get it back, so I have to be ready to go."
Rua hit .258 with a .400 slugging percentage in a part-time role last season, but he had a .175 average with runners in scoring position. That single with Mazara on second constituted a good day for Rua.
• The game lasted five innings and finished 1-1. Catcher A.J. Jimenez homered off Allen Webster, and Travis Snider doubled home DeShields against Connor Sadzeck.
• Tyler Wagner allowed three hits over two scoreless innings, while Ariel Jurado also tossed two scoreless and gave up four hits.
• A pair of Minor Leaguers made positive impacts. Michael De Leon had two hits, and right fielder Preston Beck made the throw that cut down Mazara, who reached with a double off the center-field wall, at the plate.